TALLAHASSEE – Recognizing the importance of marinas statewide, the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Clean Marina Program and
the Association of Marina Industries are celebrating National Marina Day today,
June 11, 2011. Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed a proclamation
honoring Marina Day in Florida encouraging marinas across the state to open
their doors to the public today.
“With more than 1,350 miles of coastline and 50,000 miles of inland and
coastal rivers supporting a $16 billion marine industry and 200,000 jobs,
Florida’s water resources are crucial to the state’s economy and our
environment,” said DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives Brad Stombock.
“Celebrating National Marina Day brings attention to the importance of
protecting Florida’s waterways and allows our Clean Marinas to be recognized for
their commitment to protecting our state’s natural and economic resources.”
Celebrated since 2001, National Marina Day emphasizes the significance of
marinas as family-friendly gateways to rivers, lakes and oceans, and highlights
the importance of their roles as environmental stewards. Boaters are reminded to
practice clean safe boating while enjoying Florida’s waterways and oceans.
Recognizing the importance of waterways, designated Clean Marinas throughout the
state will provide clean boating outreach and information along with events and
With more than one million registered motorized vessels in Florida,
environmental education within marine industries is the first step toward
safeguarding the state’s natural resources. By providing green education and
alternatives, the Florida Clean Marina Program helps ensure a sustainable future
for the environment and an economically important industry.
About the Florida
Clean Marina Program
The Florida Clean Marina Program is a voluntary designation
program with a proactive approach to environmental stewardship. To become
designated as a Clean Marina, facilities must implement a set of environmental
measures designed to protect Florida’s waterways. These measures address
critical environmental issues such as sensitive habitat, waste management, stormwater control, spill prevention and emergency preparedness. For more
information about the Florida Clean Marina program, visit
Governor Rick Scott’s proclamation on National Marina Day or view a
complete list of
National Marina Day events.